COVID-19 Information

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.

Updated March 25, 2020

Information on COVID-19 at CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Country-Specific Information:

  • Brazil is experiencing widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Specific information related to COVID-19 can be found at the Brazilian Ministry of Health’s website and is being extensively reported by local media.
  • As of March 17, 2020, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil is offering emergency services only to U.S. citizens. Routine services such as notarials not related to safety or health, and passport renewals without imminent travel are not considered emergencies and will not be scheduled at this time.
  • To schedule an emergency appointment for time sensitive or urgent cases, email the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  Note:  U.S. Consular Agencies in Manaus, Fortaleza, and Salvador do not issue same-day emergency passports.
  • The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory which advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States (i.e. are temporarily overseas) should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.  Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips.  If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.
  • Some regularly scheduled commercial flight options remain available departing Brazil for the United States. Domestic flight schedules within Brazil are also being reduced significantly, and U.S. citizens currently outside of the international gateways should also monitor their ability to obtain a connecting flight by consulting the website of their nearest airport. You may also contact your airline directly.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning which recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Brazil.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • On March 27, Brazil announced the closure of its borders, beginning on March 30, 2020 for 30 days, to individuals arriving by air who do not fall into one of the several categories. Those categories are available here.
  • The announcement does not prevent individuals from departing on commercial flights. However, given the decision to limit the entry of foreign nationals, the availability of international flights may decline. If you are not prepared to remain in Brazil for an indefinite period, make immediate arrangements to return to the United States.
  • Brazil has closed all land borders as of March 19. There are no entry restrictions for visitors arriving by sea, but this may change with minimal warning.

Quarantine Information:

  • Effective March 17, the Brazilian Ministry of Justice announced that all people in or entering Brazil must follow medical advice regarding quarantines. Brazil is treating failure to follow medical guidelines for quarantines as a crime. Violators, including U.S. citizens, may be subject to confinement and fines without judicial recourse. Visit the Brazilian Ministry of Justice website for additional information on these new measures.
  • The government of Brazil has implemented a voluntary seven-day quarantine measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should prepare accordingly upon entry into Brazil. This policy applies to all nationalities and visa categories.
  • Per the CDC, travelers returning from Brazil should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.

Local Resources:

  • The Ministry of Health continues to hold regular press conferences with updates and open question and answer sessions.  Traditional and social media are covering the global epidemic and Brazil-specific issues extensively.

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